The Highland High School boys track and field team capped off the indoor season in fine form at the Illinois Top Times Invitational Class 2A meet, the indoor state meet for 2A, which was held Saturday at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
The Bulldogs came away with three second-place finishes, one third place and three ninth-place finishes.
“It was a big day for the Bulldogs,” said Highland coach Bob Vance. “It was a super way to finish the indoor portion of the schedule against the best in the state. We were state good.”
Highland’s most outstanding individual was sophomore Tyler Higgins, who garnered a second-place medal in the 400-meter dash (50.55 seconds), third place in the 200-meter dash (22.64) and ninth place in the 60-meter dash (7.17).
The Bulldogs also received second place in both the 4 x 800 and 4 x 400 relays.
HHS’ 4 x 800 team consisted of senior Trevor White (2:01.9), junior Hayden Smart (2:03.0), senior Ben Menke (2:06.0) and senior Grant Riggs (2:02.2) and the quartet clocked the runner-up team time of 8:13.08.
Highland’s 4 x 400 team was made up of Smart (52.8), Riggs (51.5), senior Gage Geiger (54.1) and White (52.9) and the unit posted the second-place time of 3:31.32.
The Bulldogs’ other two ninth-place finishes came from senior Logan Geiger in the long jump and the 4 x 200 team of senior Brendan Sands (23.8), Logan Geiger (23.3), Gage Geiger (25.0) and junior Sam Teipe (23.7) with a group time of 1:35.84.
Jerseyville Triangular Meet
No team scores were kept between Mississippi Valley Conference combatants Highland, Jerseyville and Mascoutah because inclement weather moved in, but coach Vance was pleased with the results of the events that were concluded.
“The conditions were not good, it was cold and rainy,” Vance said. “Yet we had 20 personal records. I am really proud of young distance runners. Higgins had another good race, too.”
Prior to the meet being called off, Highland already had racked up four first-place finishes and they all came in the sprint events.
Higgins was the champion in the 400 with a speedy one-lap time of 50.2, while Sands flashed to the finish line first in the 100 with a winning time of 11.1.
The Bulldogs also won the fastest two sprint relays, the 4 x 100 and the 4 x 200 and they consisted of the same four runners.
In the 4 x 100, Sands (10.8), Logan Geiger (10.9), Gage Geiger (11.2) and Teipe (11.7) combined to clock a victorious winning time of 44.6.
And in the 4 x 200, Sands (23.4), Logan Geiger (23.8), Gage Geiger (24.2) and Teipe (24.6) posted a triumphant team time of 1:35.0.
Also placing in the events that were finished were sophomore Shane Yetter, third place in the 3,200 (11:48.1), and Menke, fourth in the 800 (2:13.3).